We have been on the go for what seems like weeks. Trips here and there, family visits, friend visits, trips to the farm for our vegetables, trips to Walden for air and swimming, trips to the beach for relief. The truth is, I'm getting a bit weary. All of this summering. It's a lot for a person who really likes to stay home and read and knit... don't get me wrong, I am thankful for the warm air and active children getting worn out on a daily basis. But I am ready for the change of seasons.
I'm slowly getting ready for the school year. We've decided to keep P home for preschool so she can start her homeschooling journey right alongside her big brother. I wanted to start as a cohesive unit, and I think it's going to be pretty fantastic. She is excited. He is excited. He decided school should start asap. I'm saying we need to wait a few weeks...
I haven't really talked about homeschooling much unless asked. I've been thinking about that these past few days. I don't bring it up unless someone else does... maybe because of the reaction I've already had locally. A lot of "huh" and "well, you'll send them to school for first grade" and that sort of thing. To which I bite my tongue and wonder if the person realizes just how deep those sorts of things can cut. I don't know if we'll ever send our children to public school. I don't know if we'll make it past kindergarten with homeschooling. The plan is to homeschool as long as it works for each child. And then we can reevaluate.
But really, what it comes down to are these words that I so truly believe and feel with my whole being:
Our decision to homeschool is not a threat to anyone else's choice about educating their children.
This is such a touchy issue. And I want to make this very clear on this blog, because those of you who read this might homeschool. You might not. And frankly, it is YOUR decision to do what is best for your family. We've made our choice. It does not, should not, impact or take away from your choices. I will be so excited to hear about what works for you, and all I ask is the same respect for me. I want to hear about how your children are thriving wherever they are. What they are learning. What are their struggles and how you are working towards improvement.
But ultimately, I don't care about what method you use to educate your children. All I care about is that you are doing what is best for your family.
So there it is. I'm not saying I'm going to turn this into a homeschooling blog, but that's where I can feel my focus going and interests leading. I'm excited. But I've been holding back because I don't want to offend anyone. And how silly is that? I want my kids to hear me talk about what an exciting time this is, and later to read about what we did and how things worked and know that their parents were down right excited and thrilled about homeschooling. We are. Changes are a coming, and we can't wait!